CHICAGO (WLS)– Illinois public health officials announced 4,554 brand-new cases of COVID-19 Friday, in addition to 38 additional deaths– setting a brand-new one-day case record developed the day before.The overall number of COVID-19 cases in Illinois now stands at 336,174, with 9,165 deaths, the IDPH reported.The variety of new cases reported Friday is the greatest single-day boost considering that the pandemic started. On Sept. 4, 5,358 new cases were reported, which came from numerous days due to a testing backlog.A one-day record was likewise set Thursday, with 4,015 cases.As of Thursday, IDPH is now including the results of antigen screening alongside molecular testing.Cases are increasing all over the state, with several Chicago-area counties seeing rises. In the last 10 days Will County’s test positivity rate rose more than a point and a half; in McHenry County it rose two points, and in Kane County it rose nearly three. “I am deeply worried,”Guv JB Pritzker said Friday.”Let me be clear: We remain in a new wave here. Any person who hasn’t observed this, turn on the television.
We’re in a new age of COVID-19.”The guv released his alarming caution as cases surge throughout the state, which logged back-to-back record days of new cases above 4,000. After holding consistent for a couple of weeks, the positivity test rate for COVID-19 infections in Illinois is once again growing, climbing almost two portion points in the recently and a half.In just the past week, Loyola University Medical Center has seen a doubling in its rate of favorable tests.”That metric constantly seems to be the early indication, and then possibly a week, 2 weeks later, we begin seeing those hospitalizations, “said Dr. Kevin Smith, chief medical officer.Over a 24-hour duration, officials said the state processed 87,759 specimens for an overall of 6,618,768. The seven-day positivity rate from Oct. 10 to 16 is 5.1%. This is the very first time in more than 3 months that the positivity rate has been above 5%.
“Please wear a mask. Please, everyone, use a mask,”Pritzker said.”And if someone approaches you and states,’ Why are you using a mask?’they’re the ones trying to endanger your health.” Will County is now at “orange caution level “for COVID-19 activity.Thirty three other
counties are also at warning level, including Adams, Alexander, Boone, Cass, Christian, Clay, Clinton, Crawford, DeKalb, DeWitt, Jasper, Jefferson, Jo Daviess, Johnson, Kane, Lee, Macon, McDonough, McHenry, Mercer, Monroe, Pike, Pulaski, Randolph, Saline, Stephenson, Union, Vermilion, Warren, Washington, Wayne, Whiteside and Winnebago. “You look at the quantity of brand-new cases across the state of Illinois the last two days; if that’s not a warning sign, I don’t understand what is, “said Steve Brady, public information officer for the Will County Health Department.”We require to keep our guard up, and the last thing we desire here in Will County is to have more restrictions.
“A county goes into a warning level when two or more COVID-19 danger indicators that measure the quantity of COVID-19 increase.Although the reasons for counties reaching a caution level differs, a few of the typical factors for an increase in cases and break outs are associated with gatherings in individuals’s homes, weddings and funerals, bars and clubs, university
and college parties in addition to college sports groups, family gatherings, long-lasting care centers, correctional centers, schools and cases amongst the community at big, particularly people in their 20s. Public health officials are observing organizations blatantly disregarding mitigation measures, individuals not social distancing, gathering in big groups, and not using face coverings.HOSPITALIZATIONS INCREASE ALONG WITH CASES; HEALTH WORKERS PREPARE FOR NEW WAVE As of Thursday night, 2,016 people are hospitalized with COVID-19, with 410 patients in the ICU and 151 on ventilators.At UI Health, a 40 percent rise in cases in the previous week has administrators looking at various choices.”If we get to capability, what do we need to alter? Altering our admissions, altering our elective treatments, deferring them so we’ve got
bed space,”said Dr. Susan Bleasdale, UI Health medical director for infection prevention.Hospitalizations are up 20
percent because the beginning of October, according to analysis of the state’s public health data.Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood reports an increase in COVID-19 hospitalizes, but it’s the increase in positivity rate that has them getting ready for
a 2nd rise in cases. It’s coming earlier than expected, and triggering doctors and other health care experts to advise caution as the temperatures decrease and we invest more time indoors.Doctors describe that indoor gatherings where food and beverage is shared with masks off puts us at higher danger of getting COVId-19. Chicago Public Schools released a plan Friday to bring thousands of students back
to school in the next few months.RELATED: Chicago Educators Union disagrees with some trainees’possible return to classroom next quarter The deaths reported Friday include:-Christian County: 1 woman 80s, 1 female 90s -Clay County: 1 female 50s, 1 female 80s-Cook County: 1 female 40s, 3 male 50s, 1 female 70s, 2 women 80s, 1 male 80s-DuPage County: 1 male 70s, 1 female 90s -Fayette County: 1 male 80s- Ford County: 1
woman 80s, 1 male 90s- Jefferson County: 1 male 60s, 1 female 90s-JoDaviess County: 1 male 80s, 1 male 90s- Lake County: 1 male 70s, 1 female
90s-Lawrence County: 1 male 70s-Madison County: 1 male 60s, 1 male 70s-McHenry County: 1 female 60s-Ogle County: 1 male 70s -Richland County: 1 female 70s, 1 female 90s-Rock Island County: 1 male 60s-Sangamon County: 1 female 80s-St. Clair County: 1 male 70s, 1 male 80s-Wayne County: 1 male 90s -Will County: 1 male 80s, 1 female 90s- Williamson County: 1 male 70s Report a correction
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